Textiles and Clothing

Textiles and Clothing

A Large Market for Fashionable Goods and Modern Technical Textiles

Our Industry in Numbers

  • In 2013, Germany’s textile imports reached EUR 36.2 billion and exports 24.0 billion Euros.
  • Clothing made up 40% and textiles 60% of the total turnover in 2013.
  • Technical textiles alone generate almost 22% of the textiles industry turnover and is strongly globalized with an export turnover of more than 60%.
  • Most of the imported textiles and clothing in 2013 came from Asia (about 51%) and the EU (30%). The most important source countries are China, Turkey, and Bangladesh.
  • E-commerce has become a popular channel for buying fashion. According to a large German consumption and media study, almost 33% of all online shoppers ordered apparel online. That makes clothings and shoes the most attractive product group for online shopping.


Organic Textiles

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A Growing Sustainable Market